Wesleyan Defeats Women's Hoops

January 14, 2012

Middlebury battled back late but could not overcome Wesleyan as the Cardinals (9-4, 2-2) came away 63-54 win over the Panthers (3-10, 0-4) in Middletown, Connecticut. Taking the lead for good with 9:42 remaining in the first half, 14-12, on a three-pointer by senior Emily Lippe (eight points), Wesleyan used a 16-3 run to move ahead 25-15 with 4:30 to go en route to a 33-24 lead at halftime.

Opening the second half with an 11-0 burst for a 44-24 advantage with 16:25 remaining, Wesleyan let Middlebury get no closer than nine the rest of the way, which proved to be the final margin in the game, 63-54.

Lippe netted six points on a pair of treys and senior Sam LaCroce had three baskets for six points to trigger the decisive run that gave the Cardinals control in the first half.  LaCroce finished with 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.  Eileen Gaffney paced the Cardinals with 16 points while adding eight boards.

Wesleyan's lead stood at 20, 54-34, with 9:00 on the clock before Middlebury staged a rally to trim the gap to nine.  Game-high scorer senior Brittany Perfetti had seven of her 18 points during the 18-7 streak that made it 61-52 with 1:28 left. She also dished out a game-best four assists.  Senior Stephany Surrette chipped in with eight points for the Panthers off the bench, six of those coming during the final run.  She collected a team-leading eight rebounds as well.

Wesleyan returns to action Fri., Jan. 20, hosting NESCAC rival Tufts while Middlebury is back on the court Tues., Jan. 17, hosting Colby-Sawyer in a non-conference contest.

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